Archive for October, 2010

I’m the world’s greatest lover…

October 8, 2010 6pm in False Advertising | Comments (0)

…well according to the logic of Andrex! Here’s their latest ad on youtube: here. On it, it says:

“Andrex is soft, strong, and unbeatably long!”
Then, at the bottom, is the small print: “Excluding longer lasting products”.

Huh? Excuse me? So what you’re saying is… that Andrex is unbeatably long, when you exclude products that last longer. Riiiiiiiiiight (in a Dr. Evil voice). By that logic, I’m the world’s greatest lover, excluding all those that are greater lovers than me.

Congratulations Andrex, you’ve made my list of products I won’t by out of principle.

I see I’m not the only one who this bothers: One Two

Win £10 every day it rains

October 7, 2010 4pm in Random Ramblings | Comments (0)

Walkers Crisps have an interesting promotion on…

Win £10 every day it rainsWin £10 every day it rains.

You go to, choose where in the UK you think it will rain (on whatever day it is two days from today), and enter a code off a pack of crisps.

Well, having just bought a Cheese & Onion pack of crisps, I thought I’d give it a go! Come on, it rains so much here, it’s easy money!

I liked the entry because there was no ridiculously long entry form. I just entered my email address, created a password, didn’t click the “you can send me spam” box, and boom! If it rains between 8am and midday on Saturday just east of Stirling in Scotland, I win £10!

I chose Stirling because according to BBC Weather, that’s the only place on Saturday where they’re expecting rain. Although you can see where everybody else has guessed, and it seems that people are guessing around major cities – perhaps they’re picking squares based on where they live, or where they have attachments… suckers! :D

Ok, so you had to choose a 4hr window as well as a place, and you’re only allowed one entry per day, so you’re not going to get rich off it. But it was a bit of fun for this afternoon.

That £10 is not going to seem like much after I win £112,000,000 on the Euromillions on Friday. But it all adds up. Especially considering the crisps only cost me 40p.

EDIT 5 November: It didn’t win on the particular day I chose here, but I entered the competition three more times after this post and won £10 on two of those days.

Greenwich have closed both foot tunnels – how rude

October 6, 2010 4pm in Random Ramblings | Comments (3)

Haven’t updated the blog for a while, and so I thought I’d have a good old whinge… after all, that’s why I created the blog in the first place, isn’t it? Well that, and to post photos of my travels!

Went out for a run last night, the first in a while. I thought I’d go around along the south side of the river, through the Greenwich foot tunnel and back around through Canary Wharf. But I got to the Greenwich foot tunnel, and it was all boarded up with a sign saying that it now closes at 9pm nightly. Rude.

So I thought I’d run downstream (or is it upstream?) to the Woolwich foot tunnel, some 35 minutes further away from my house. “Surely,” I thought, “Greenwich can’t be so contemptible as to close both foot tunnels at the same time”. But when I got there… it was boarded up as well!

There was a sign saying “due to health and safety concerns, this tunnel is closed until further notice”. Yup – nice one – health and safety is a good excuse to do pretty much whatever you want. Maybe someone slipped on a banana peel.

The sign went on to say “please use the nearby free ferry in the meantime”. Surprise surprise… the ferry was also closed.

So, I’d just like to say… London Borough of Greenwich, you’re an embarrassment to London. And as a not entirely unrelated side-note, your borough has far too many slugs. You should do something about that.

I’ve emailed Greenwich Council about this, let’s see if they reply.

EDIT 5 November: I got a reply shortly after saying “we’ve forwarded your message to the appropriate department”, but nothing more after that.